Aussies shares climbed higher today, despite a subdued session on international markets overnight.
A majority of sectors closed above water; energy and telcos were the standout performers. IT and consumer staples finished in the red.
The big four banks were mixed on the day; Westpac lost 0.4%, CBA was flat, whilst NAB (+1.9%) and ANZ (+0.7%) both enjoyed gains.
The mining majors were mixed following a mostly weaker night on commodity markets. BHP added 0.7%, whilst rival Rio Tinto let go of 0.2%.
Monadelphous Group jumped 7.2% after posting a FY12 profit of $137.3 million, a 44.5% increase on last year’s result. The result beat analyst expectations.
Elsewhere, Oil Search closed down 0.4% after reporting a first-half net profit of US$107.5 million, a 6.2% fall on the prior corresponding half. The result was broadly in line with analyst estimates.
The ASX 200 put on 19 points (+0.4%) to close at 4383.